Japan is working hard to deal with the after math of two major earthquakes rapidly following each other; the biggest incidents since the 2011 natural disaster that claimed lives and families.
At least nine people have died died and more than 860 reported injured, officials said, as the shaking toppled buildings.
The powerful tremor was reported 6.6 miles southwest of Kumamoto at 4.03pm UK time (12.03am local time), two-and-a-half hours after a 6.2 magnitude quake hit the same area, according to the US Geological Survey.
Japan has always recovered impressively from these disasters in the past, but news of loss of life and property is always disheartening.
Our thoughts are with the Asian country today, with the survivors as well as the rescue workers as they battle man against nature.
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